The CW continues to add diversity to its primetime lineup as it has cast Tala Ashe in the role of Zari Adrianna Tomaz for season three of DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW. The character is a Muslim American woman from the year 2030 who lives in a world of contradictions, where technology has brought about incredible change but human nature hasn’t kept up. Fear, prejudice, and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a “grey hat hacktivist”.
In the DC comics, Tomaz resided in the fictional country Kahndaq and fought against the nation’s leader Black Adam. Tomaz taught Black Adam to be a benevolent leader and he, in turn, gifted her with the Amulet of Isis, which turned Tomaz into the Egyptian goddess Isis. The character of Black Adam hasn’t appeared in the CW-DC universe but is set to make a big-screen appearance in Shazam! and in a solo movie played by Dwayne Johnson.
The news comes on the heels of Wonder Woman blowing out the competition in theaters, while simultaneously sparking a conversation about needing to include more diverse lead-roles in what is being hailed as the progressive film audiences need. Meanwhile, the CW-DC universe has been adding diversity with every season to its various Berlanti-produced series. Tomaz’s announce backstory also sounds incredibly timely with potential for great political commentary while still having a fun series that found its voice in its sophomore year.
Ashe has previously recurred on the NBC series American Odyssey, Smash, 30 Rock, and Law & Order. She recently starred in Troilus and Cressida at Shakespeare in the Park and in the Gwyneth Paltrow-produced Head Over Heels at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Emily J | TV Editor